Yves Saint Laurent was a French fashion designer who had a net worth of $500 million at the time of his death in 2008. Yves Saint Laurent was born in Oran, French Algeria in August 1936 and passed away in June 2008. He is best known for his eponymous fashion line and is considered one of the most successful designers of the 20th century.
His career began by submitting sketches to a contest in 1953 and winning first place. By 21 years old he was the head designer at the House of Dior. Yves Saint Laurent started the fashion house Yves Saint Laurent YSL with his partner Pierre Berge in 1960 with funding from J. Mack Robinson. Laurent became the first living fashion designer honored with a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1983. He has been featured in several films including the two movies Yves Saint Laurent and Saint Laurent in 2014. Yves Saint Laurent passed away on June 1, 2008 at 71 years old from brain cancer. A year after his death, Yves was the highest paid dead celebrity in the world thanks to an estate sale that reaped $350 million. Most of that came from the sale of a vast collection of artwork that included works by Picasso and Matisse among many others.